Six of the Most Famous Streets in Paris
Despite most major cities in the world, having hundreds of streets, one or several of these streets always become more famous than the others. Whether it is because they are the center of nightlife and entertainment hubs, or due to their place in history or shopping opportunities, it is such streets that tourists always visit. Paris has its share of such famous streets. One of the best ways to discover the capital of France is by strolling along its endless boulevards, narrow meandering streets and grand avenues. Below is a look at six of the most Famous Streets in Paris.
The Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous and recognizable streets in Paris and the whole of France. With its cinemas, luxury shops, cafes and clipped horse-chestnut trees make it the essence of Parisian life. This broad and elegant avenue runs all the way from the Place de la Concorde up to the Arc de Triomphe. Lined with classy restaurants, prestigious hotels and expensive fashion boutiques, the Champs-Élysées is also among the most prestigious shopping streets in the city. It attracts thousands of business people and tourists alike, given that the area is also home to several head offices of international firms. The upper stories, mostly contain offices since few individuals can afford to live along the street. The Palais de l’Elysèe, which is the president’s residence, the ministry of Interior, and several embassies are the reason why this street is so busy and diverse. Tour de France’s last stage has traditionally been finished on the Champs-Élysées since 1975.
The Boulevard Saint-Germain
Located on the south side of the Seine River and on the Left Bank, the Boulevard Saint-Germain is among the most popular streets in Paris. It starts in the east from the Pont de Sully, near the Île Saint-Louis and goes all the way to the Pont de la Concorde on the Paris west side. This street goes through the 5th, 6th and 7th arrondissements, and is traversed by the north-south boulevard Saint-Michel at its midpoint.
Rue Mouffetard is a street on the 5th arrondissement of Paris, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. It is full of restaurants, cafes and shops, as well as an open market. The street has historical significance since it was a highway in the 13th century, passing along the flank of Mont Cetardus hill. The fact that it is located on the Sant Geneviève hill saved it from redevelopment during Napoleon 3’s reign.
The Rue de Rivoli
The Rue de Rivoli is one of Paris’s most prominent commercial streets. The street runs parallel to the Louvre museum and Tuileries Gardens, and is renowned for shops that sell some of the world’s most fashionable brand names. Its name is related to Napoleon’s victory over the Austrian army in the Rivoli battle during the 18th century.
Rue St Honoré
Rue St Honoré is an upmarket shopping street in Paris that is almost exclusively dedicated to luxury fashion designers. It is just a few steps away from the famous Place Vendome square, which houses even more top designer names. The street is a favorite of tourists wishing to do some shopping.
Avenue Montaigne is perhaps the only street that can rival in terms of luxury, prestige and prominence. It was once known as Widows lane since French widows used to gather there. It is an ideal place to go for a DSA practical test.